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If you are interested in the answers to these questions and would like to know more, you should consider attending the next City Of Bethlehem Citizens' Police Academy.
It's an opportunity for you to meet the police officers, dispatchers and other members of the Police Department who protect and serve our City. The intent of the Citizens' Police Academy is not to train citizens to become police officers. Rather, it's the opportunity to see first hand the duties and responsibilities of law enforcement officers.
Learn about the hiring process, juvenile law, use of force issues, officer safety, patrol procedures, criminal investigations, traffic accident investigations, vice investigations, crime scene investigations, firearms and defensive tactics training, community policing, K-9 and mounted operations, and much more. The K-9 unit, mounted unit and bicycle unit will give demonstrations to the class. Participants will have the opportunity to go through shoot, don't shoot scenarios on our department's virtual training system. Graduates will have the opportunity to do a ride-a-long with a police officer on patrol.
Police Officers and dispatchers who possess a wide variety of skills, training and experience will provide the instruction, Citizens will have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss issues and participate in some of the things officers do as part of their jobs.
The goal of the Citizens' Police Academy is to enhance the relationship between the Police Department and the community, resulting in a better understanding of what the community can expect from the officers who serve them and the service they can provide.
Registration is now open. You may apply online.
This Fall’s Academy class will start on Wednesday September 13th . It will be each Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. The last Academy class will be November 15th.